ASTROLOGY | Technical Difficulties

Today the Sun joins a retrograde Mercury in Virgo, so I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to any Virgo natives reading this, it should be an interesting month for you all! Be patient however, birthday cards may very well get lost in the post. Or that new phone may need to be sent back for repairs due to some kind of fault: Many happy returns!

Meet Sanchez. A member of The Rogue Collective; promoter and visuals-executive, born with the Sun in the sign of Virgo. Here we can see him busy tending to the video projection for the stage at Saturday’s Feck the 90’s night at Club 85, Hitchin. Despite the huge success of the evening, which included fine performances from Ministers Dead, Martell, and the fantastic Gideon Conn, proceedings were beset with technological issues regarding the visuals, which indeed reflects the current Mercury retrograde occurring in Sanchez’s native sign of Virgo. The picture was taken amidst the frantic clicks and futile reboots of the offending laptop, efforts that were sadly to no avail. Do not be fooled by his apparent cool demeanour; beneath this facade lies frustration, the kind of frustration only a machine can evoke in a human being. You can see (below) what we had to contend with for the first portion of the evening. In the end we settled for a generic media player kaleidoscope. Perhaps I should have forewarned Sanchez of the trickster’s pending plans, especially with his sign having front row seats for this particular retrograde. There’s something of the trickster in me though; having a retrograde Mercury in my own birth chart, I quite enjoy watching the chaos ensue around me during these flustered times of upheaval.

ASTROLOGY | Spring-on Mars

Welcome to the Equinox!

Today is officially the first day of spring! When day and night are of equal length, which also marks the beginning of another astrological year with the sun slipping from dreamy Pisces into the more focused sign of Aries.

Mars, ruler of Aries, goes direct after months of retrograde motion too. Things should really start to get moving, since Mars is the planet of action and always holds a stake in the proceedings with a seasonal push for all that is new! On the shadow side, this return from retrogression could mean months of pent up frustration comes bubbling to the surface, to erupt in the weeks proceeding, as there is a lot of raw energy in the pot – so watch for out for that! Hopefully, for most of us it means picking up where we left off towards the end of 2009, in terms of projects and activities that we were driving but, for whatever reason, they had to take a back seat. Nevertheless, Mars’ new sense of direction is set to amplify the incipient spring; a time rife with new beginnings, moving forward and – finally – not looking back!

The Mars retrograde cycle is analogous to reversing your car down the drive to pick up some forgotten item which was crucial to your plans. Forging ahead becomes waylaid because, naturally, you need to look over your shoulder to account for that really annoying blind spot, lest you mount the turf and wallop your prize gnome! (No, you do not have a rear-view mirror either; it was broken off during some late night hanky-panky when Mars initially entered Leo in October).  It’s quite a long driveway too; covered in gravel and riddled with pot-holes from the recent season’s snow.

So you’ve recovered whatever tool it was you needed and you’re looking dead ahead. Revving your engine, you change gear from reverse, eyes firmly fixed on your target! ‘Better late than never‘ you say under your breath… And it’s here we find ourselves, as Mars returns to direct motion. Tracks have already been laid during our hitherto attempted exit-come-reversal but, what would we do differently if we could do it all again? Expect to be retracing martian themes until at least May 2010.

On a personal note, I often wait in the wings with pent curiosity, to see how exactly each planetary transit might manifest. I already knew that Mars was in my 7th house, ruling partnerships and one-to-one affairs. It just so happened that on the day of Mars’ Station (the point where a planet appears to hang in the sky before resuming direct motion) I had an appraisal booked in at my office where I had the chance to air all of my laundry with regards to work (the timing of which was at the choosing of my superiors; maybe they’re all astrologers too, conspiring to correspond with the sky’s alignments. Trust no-one!). The outcome of said appraisal was that, going forward (!), I would work to become more pro-active and assertive (Mars) in getting what I needed from my colleagues (7th house) at the request of The Management (Leo: the leader).

How all this might play out for you, generally speaking, is revealed in the following horoscopes – depending on my ability to correctly delineate, but the sky-no-lie. Detailed chart analysis is strongly advised! should you prefer to get down to the nitty-gritty and pinpoint some key dates when Mars’ forward motion might really come through for you, let me know your particulars and I’ll look into it.

Aries
Along came Venus! The goddess provides you with a nice warm blanket for the coming weeks whilst your ruling planet, Mars, gets back on his war-horse, finally. Things are starting to move forward and YOU RULE with the god of war in Leo; it’s time to conquer, neigh? Pick a target!

Taurus
A hush love affair, or clandestine financial endeavour is coming to an end; secrets are soon to be revealed when you’re ruler, Venus, comes out of hiding in your twelfth house. Mars’ direct motion suggests a few home improvements might be a way of channeling the raw energy coming your way too, or you might just charge like a steed at your spouse, only to get stuck in the wall!

Gemini
Mars adds nitrous to the winged-boots of the messenger, so i’d better make this reading a warning to everybody else in the zodiac: If there’s any kind of fuss or kerfuffle in your neighbourhood in the coming weeks, it’s probably a Gemini. You’ll be out of there before they know what hit ’em though. Venus works magic in your wider world of friends and associates too!

Cancer
Your fiscal faculties finally start to get the recognition they deserve this season. Don’t let the nay-sayers of yore convince you otherwise. That’s all in the past and shouldn’t matter now with stars like these. Your insights are second to none, so much so that you might give the author of ‘How to sell snow to the Eskimos’ a run for his money with a rival best-seller. Quite literally! Skills, my crabby friend, you got ’em!

Leo
A return to form is promised in terms of vitality, and your overall sense of well-being can finally improve. The only danger is, now that Mars has direction in your sign once again, you’re likely to push a little too hard after months of biding. May 2010 sees the clearest of skies, right in time for the chaos of the summer to follow.

Virgo
“You don’t throw your life away, going inside” or so the John Frusciante song goes. Mars may just let you off scot-free this time around, so long as you’ve no skeletons in your closet. Either way, through peaceful contemplation or the Smack, Bang, Wallop of a meteorite arriving in your front lawn, it’s time to take stock and prepare, ready for the next exciting phase!

Libra
Not bad stars for a Libran, I have to admit. Venus suggests smooth sailing (and even treats!) in your most important relationships, whilst Mars’ return from months of retrogression heats up your wider social sphere. You’re being encouraged to take charge in a group effort, whilst keeping a keen eye on the collective temperature. Piece of cake!

Scorpio
Pro-vocation: a wordplay of my own doing, thanks! Really though, with Mars resuming battle-status where your career is concerned, you can make leaps and bounds in the coming weeks that feel all too long overdue. Patience in this realm notwithstanding. Breathe!

Sagittarius
I think of a self-appointed Judge Dredd when considering Mars’ effect on you at the moment. But you are NOT the law. Then again “who am I to judge?” – there be your mantra for the coming season. The good news is you’ve an unmatched sense of adventure about you, which should be a delight for anyone in your vicinity to behold, so long as they agree wholeheartedly with every word that escapes your mouth!

Capricorn
The vacuum of space is fascinating. If you ever find yourself floating in the big black, be sure keep your helmet on wont you? It sucks so hard out there that the second the potential arrives for the vacuum to be filled, it will gobble up all it can, only to return to a state of emptiness, ready for the next victim. Something shared is most definitely coming to an end, creating a void to be filled once more.

Aquarius
The pressure signified from having all those planets in your sign until recently has lifted. Spring is a fresh start, full of new possibilities, and that goes doubly for you, having finally cleared the decks. Relationships come into focus now with Mars’ imminent return to forward motion, this being the major player in your life at the moment. Keep your cool where all things one-to-one are concerned!

Pisces
Jupiter is quite happy to be in your sign for the next year; a place where he sees endless liquid opportunity. You could be spoilt for choice though, so much that it leads you into indecisive paralysis. Don’t dwell for too long. This is your year, and both Mars and Venus are giving you the green light to get things moving at work again.

A taste of springs to come

I’m off the Avebury now to welcome the spring in style: meditating to a giant gong!

dan@roguemusic.co.uk

ASTROLOGY | Let Me See Your WAR Face!

Mars changed zodiac sign last Friday, moving from Cancer into Leo.  Rogue’s astrologer guides us through the twists and turns of the months ahead!

Mars_Leo_ingress_tall copyYes, the god of war has dried himself off and is back in more familiar territory – albeit still feeling slightly washed-up but happier nevertheless to be ashore once again, basking in the light of the Lions sunny kingdom! Cancer, you see, is a water sign and Mars, ruling Aries, is of the fire element. It doesn’t take a genius to fathom that fire and water don’t mix; they tend to have a detrimental affect on one another. This change is good news for Cancers, who can now relent from the steaming rage of the last 2 months. Leo’s too should be receiving a boost with Mars on their side; fire and fire is a much more reciprocal mix but can go BOOM if not tempered. So watch out for that.

Ye olde astrologists saw Mars as a predominantly ‘malefic’ planet in terms of its effects and therefore believed that it only ever portends bad tidings! These days, and since the advent of modern psychological astrology, our perception of any planet lends more to our own free will. Mars can indeed be a right nuisance if you let it but, if you take the bull by the horns, as it were, it’s energy can be put to good use. Mars represents our urge towards action, it pushes, achieves and get things done and is quite physical. Sports people tend to have a strong Mars in their charts (much research has been done on this) but on the shadow side so do tyrants and murderers as Mars can be violent, aggressive and downright belligerent if not handled correctly!

In terms of events in the world at large, the ‘energy’ of a planet as it moves into a new sign always seems more potent than during its general transit. Almost as if it’s making a song and dance of it’s arrival to a new domain. In Mars’ case there’s somewhat of a crash-bang-wallop effect, especially now, what with the sign in question, Leo, being of the same element (they also make good singers/dancers). I distinctly remember the last time Mars moved into Leo, about seventeen months back. There was a broad-daylight stabbing on Oxford street amidst the crowds of shoppers and commuters; Mars is traditionally associated with Ares, the god of war (violence?) and even rules sharp Implements (knives?); Leo is like the actress, craving the limelight and centre of attention (broad daylight! Hmm?). Here you can see, incidentally, how this blending of archetypes was played out. What about this time around? On 16 October 2009, the very day of Mars’ ingress in to Leo, you may have seen reports of a woman who became victim of an apparent IRA car bombing. Hello, Mars in Leo – Mars can also play usurper in a conflict – this time a bold (Leo) yet underhanded explosion (Mars). Bastard! No one ever said astrology was pretty.

Mars has decided to take an extended vacation in Leo, making lions of pussycats at the very least. Due to an astronomical anomaly known as ‘retrogression’ he will in fact spend a whopping seven months in this sign, compared to the usual two! Since the shift happened more than a few days ago now, it’s effects are already becoming apparent. I certainly felt it like the proverbial smack to the face, just as anticipated, but the way in which it will affect us all largely depends on our predisposition and where in each of our own skies Mars is reeking havoc:

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And now for some cryptic fortune cookies – laced with stardust and baked at one billion degrees centigrade in an oven which also happens to be the beginning of time itself!

Aries
Fold your arms and stamp your feet all you like; rules is rules! Anyway, sport’s suppose to be fun, unless you’re pregnant!

Taurus
There’s no place like home, especially when deserted by kith and kin, eh? Where do you get the temerity?

Gemini
Rocket-boots is Mars’ gift to you. Socially you’re in good stead so put another pair on your Christmas list!

Cancer
As quickly as you’re calming down, you’re becoming a bit of a show-off. Fair enough, flaunt it! Money burns holes too.

Leo
If ever there was anything as scary as a lion on fire, check yourself! Grrr. But if it gets the job done…..

Virgo
Like a pressure-cooker that needs to let off steam, but trying to locate your nozzle causes you to spin, which in turn makes you dizzy!

Libra
The future is a white-hot poker; be careful where you sit. Tsssss!

Scorpio
You’re going straight to the top! Whether there’ll be anyone left to constitute a hierarchy when you’re through is your call.

Sagittarius
Leave the big philosophical why’s and what for’s ’til the day you meet your maker. In the meantime, why not take a holiday?

Capricorn
Settle a fiscal feud with your beloved with a compromise and build your own porn empire! The bank might get behind you too! Ooh, ménage à trois?

Aquarius
People suck! But of course they care, it’s just for the next seven months they’ll have a funny way of showing it.

Pisces
Someone’s pissing in your pond! It’s time to get ill. The government can save you now with a free swine-flu vaccination!

– Dan